Quotations of Wisdom

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Ward Cunningham

The blogosphere is a community that might produce a work. Whereas a wiki is a work that might produce a community. It’s all just people communicating. [Q1002]

Hideki Tōjō

I would point out that the cultural advance of these people has been suppressed in the past and continues to be suppressed in the present by policies designed to keep them in ignorance. [Q706]

Karl Urban

That's always an interesting concept when you try to make your dream into a reality and you come up against the facts of exactly what it is you're attempting to do. [Q210]

Michael Morpurgo

It is really important that focusing on things such as spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting doesn't inhibit the creative flow. When I was at school there was a huge focus on copying and testing and it put me off words and stories for years. [Q2083]

Václav Havel

Our country is not flourishing. The enormous creative and spiritual potential of our nations is not being used sensibly. Entire branches of industry are producing goods that are of no interest to anyone, while we are lacking the things we need. A state which calls itself a workers' state humiliates and exploits workers. Our obsolete economy is wasting the little energy we have available. [Q1785]

Milton S Hershey

If I ever become rich, I am going to use my money to build schools to give every boy and girl an opportunity to get an education. [Q1393]

Albert Einstein

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. [Q482]

Isaac Newton

If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought. [Q601]

David S Allen

Discourse democracy seeks to identify ways to make possible an open dialogue among citizen through the creation of public space absent governmental and corporate interference. — Democracy, Inc. Introduction (Page 2) [Q189]


Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. [Q795]

Swami Vivekananda

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. [Q1140]

Albert Einstein

Truth is what stands the test of experience. [Q300]

Woodrow Wilson

If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it. [Q746]

Jimmy Wales

The goal is to give people a free encyclopedia to every person in the world, in their own language. Not just in a 'free beer' kind of way, but also in the free speech kind of way. [Q219]


Study the past if you would define the future. [Q610]


Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy. [Q910]

Saint Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible [Q1400]

Galileo Galilei

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. [Q934]

Adlai Stevenson III

While informative news programs often supported by foundations can be found on PBS, C-Span, BBC World and a few cable channels, television leaves most Americans uninformed or misinformed about public issues even as the world becomes a more complex and volatile place, the complexities of issues ever larger, requiring conscientious reporting, interpretation and honest gate keepers. [Q1858]

Thor Heyerdahl

A civilized nation can have no enemies, and one cannot draw a line across a map, a line that doesn't even exist in nature and say that the ugly enemy lives on the one side, and good friends live on the other. [Q1530]

George Orwell

It is a fact that the much-boasted freedom of the British press is theoretical rather than actual. To begin with, the centralised ownership of the press means in practice that unpopular opinions can only be printed in books or in newspapers with small circulations. [Q1670]

Comte de Lautréamont

Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is without sense! [Q260]

Václav Havel

When a truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete. [Q1758]

Thomas Paine

Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself, than this thing called Christianity. [Q608]


The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd. [Q806]

Abraham Lincoln

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise .. with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. — Presidential Message to Congress Dec 1, 1862 [Q1059]

Oscar Wilde

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. [Q618]

Václav Havel

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good. [Q1744]


The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction. [Q896]

Master Po

Never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. —- Kung Fu Television series 1972 [Q509]

Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. [Q1955]

Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. [Q1627]


Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. [Q1404]


Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them. [Q781]

Jean-Luc Picard

Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well camouflaged. [Q170]


A fault is fostered by concealment. [Q1569]

Kurt Gödel

The more I think about language, the more it amazes me that people ever understand each other at all. [Q1961]


Does not the law serve the truth? - "Kung Fu" Empty Pages of a Dead Book 1973 Season 2, Episode 13 [Q614]

Eugene McCarthy

Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life rafts. [Q2028]

Richard P. Feynman

The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to. ... No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it. [Q972]

Carl Sagan

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. [Q225]


All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. [Q873]

Michel de Montaigne

I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself. [Q1170]

Meister Eckhart

You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion. [Q1638]

David Baker

What that book does for me is give me the tools in the same way that I had the tools when I learned the regular scales or the alphabet. If you give me the tools, the syntax, and the grammar, it still doesn't tell me how to write Ulysses. [Q2090]

John Boyd Orr

The increase of territory and power of empires by force of arms has been the policy of all great powers, and it has always been possible to get the approval of their state religion. [Q1154]

Ward Cunningham

Top down hierarchies make communication work when it is expensive, I hope that wiki can be a flagship in this move in the industry to produce computer support for this kind of work and evolve organizational forms. [Q1012]


Pleasant it to behold great encounters of warfare arrayed over the plains, with no part of yours in peril. [Q1562]

Václav Havel

They are periods when there is a tendency to quote, to imitate, and to amplify, rather than to state with authority or integrate. New meaning is gradually born from the encounter, or the intersection, of many different elements. [Q1801]

Galileo Galilei

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. [Q943]

Peter the Hermit

The world is passing through troublous times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress. — A.D. 1274 [Q1387]

Simon and Garfunkel

And the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made. And the sign flashed out its warning in the words that it was forming. And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls. And tenement halls". And whispered in the sounds of silence. — The Sound of Silence. [Q576]

Albert Einstein

Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination. [Q401]

Carl Sagan

We reach a point where there can be on more special interest or special cases. Nuclear arms threaten every person on the earth. Fundamental changes in society are sometimes labeled impractical or contrary to human nature, as if nuclear war was practical or if there was only one human nature. But fundamental changes can clearly be made, we're surrounded by them. — Cosmos [Q1232]

Tammy Faye Bakker

If you're asking God for a Winnebago, you may as well tell him what color. [Q1523]

Pete Seeger

One of the things I'm most proud of about my country is the fact that we did lick McCarthyism back in the fifties. [Q351]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. [Q1088]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Sometimes the role of government is to save capitalism from capitalists. [Q1876]

Clarence Darrow

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to? [Q1095]


The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. [Q894]

Charles Darwin

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. [Q698]

Václav Havel

If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed. [Q1747]

David Mitchell

Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future. &mdash Cloud Atlas [Q2093]

Václav Havel

The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words, of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought. [Q1753]

Franklin Roosevelt

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. [Q496]

Senator Paul Simon

There are times when right is right and wrong is wrong — when you have to stand up, even though it may be unpopular. Had Lincoln taken a poll, he never would have issued his then unpopular Emancipation Proclamation. [Q1894]

Meister Eckhart

Every creature is a word of God. [Q1624]

Richard P. Feynman

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. [Q973]

Master Kan

When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave. — Kung Fu Television Series 1972 [Q507]

Henry Poincaré

A sane mind should not be guilty of a logical fallacy, yet there are very fine minds incapable of following mathematical demonstrations [Q1045]

Robert Pirsig

The truth knocks on your door and you say, go away I'm looking for the truth, and it goes away. Puzzling. [Q373]

Senator Paul Simon

But when people in the name of any religion claims to have the sole possession of truth, they have crossed the line from faith to arrogance. [Q1701]

Tony Hsieh

For me, my role is about unleashing what people already have inside them that is maybe suppressed in most work environments. [Q993]

Stephen Leacock

In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies. [Q364]

Clarence Darrow

To think is to differ. [Q1110]


Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly. [Q789]

Benjamin Franklin

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing. [Q1880]

Margaret Sanger

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. [Q1668]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing. [Q1090]


The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort. [Q895]

Noam Chomsky

One conception of democracy has it that a democratic society is one in which the public has the means to participate in some meaningful way in the management of their own affairs and the means of information are open and free ... An alternative conception of democracy is that the public must be barred from managing of their own affairs and the means of information must be kept narrowly and rigidly controlled. — Media Control - The Spectacular Achievement of Propaganda [Q182]

Václav Havel

A human action becomes genuinely important when it springs from the soil of a clearsighted awareness of the temporality and the ephemorality of everything human. It is only this awareness that can breathe any greatness into an action. [Q1776]

Wendell Berry

The logic of governmental efficiency, unchecked, runs straight on, not only to dictatorship, but also to torture, assassination, and other abominations. [Q1334]

Jean de La Fontaine

Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value. [Q714]

Margaret Mead

Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation. [Q954]

Michel de Montaigne

Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head. [Q1172]


No man is free who is not master of himself. [Q818]

Marie Curie

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. [Q330]

Václav Havel

I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions. [Q1746]

Alan Greenspan

The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake. — June 1999 — Harvard University Commencement Address [Q459]

John Mayer

Ladies, if you want to know the way to my heart... good spelling and good grammar, good punctuation, capitalize only where you are supposed to capitalize, it's done. [Q2077]

Aldous Huxley

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. [Q633]

Thomas Paine

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. [Q261]

The Rum Diaries

Human beings are the only creatures on Earth who claim a God, and the only living thing that behaves like it hasn't got one. Does the world belong to no one but you?" And when he said it, I was taken aback. Not because of who was doing the talking. Because I finally understood the connection between children scavenging for food, and shiny brass plates on the front doors of banks. [Q2045]

Duke Fightmaster

You can't just put your head down and soldier on for two and a half years, at some point you have to look up and if you see you that say your wife, sidekick isn't in the audience you correct your course - Act Two, This American Life, Last Man Standing [Q1205]

Edward Kennedy

Some men see things as they are and say ‘why?’. I dream things that never were and say ‘why not? — In eulogy to his brother Robert Kennedy. [Q205]

Stephen Jay Gould

The more important the subject and the closer it cuts to the bone of our hopes and needs, the more we are likely to err in establishing a framework for analysis. [Q1808]

Mohandas Gandhi

You've got to be the change you want to see in the world. [Q593]

Buckminster Fuller

The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual. [Q113]

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of laborers, the genius of it scientists, and the hopes of its children. [Q1219]

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